EA is considering dropping the ‘FIFA’ identify from its well-liked soccer franchise after nearly three many years.
The identify has been hooked up to the sports activities sim since 1993 when FIFA Worldwide Soccer was launched. The sequence has change into a style mainstay within the years since, spawning annual releases and spin-offs together with FIFA Avenue and tournament-specific entries like 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Though synonymous with the sequence, the FIFA moniker refers back to the Fédération Internationale de Soccer Affiliation, a non-profit group that serves because the worldwide governing physique of affiliation soccer and runs competitions together with the FIFA World Cup.
FIFA has been accused of corruption, bribery, and vote-rigging up to now, with stories indicating the group engaged in foul play through the election of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and campaigns for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.
EA maintained its ties with FIFA regardless of these scandals, however is now “exploring” the thought of renaming the franchise.
“As we glance forward, we’re additionally exploring the thought of renaming our world EA SPORTS soccer video games,” wrote the corporate in a weblog publish. “This implies we’re reviewing our naming rights settlement with FIFA, which is separate from all our different official partnerships and licenses throughout the soccer world.”
Branding uncertainty apart, the franchise itself seems to be in good well being, with EA revealing FIFA 22 has already attracted 9.1 million gamers since launching on October 1, 2021.